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Malay-only Elected Presidency violates fair employment practices

Malay-only Elected Presidency violates fair employment practices

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This is not right, Singaporeans complained.

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Thousands of complaints have been lodged with the Fair And Proper Practices In Negotiations Group (FAPPING) against a discriminatory job advertisement seeking to hire an Elected President.

The job ad called for interested parties to submit their CV and cover letter for the position, but not before adding: “Only non-Chinese need apply.”

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who recognise discrimination when they see it, said such discriminatory measures taken to limit the advancement of any individual professionally should be frowned upon and called out.

One local, Tng Lang, said: “In the 21st century, the last thing we need is to judge whether someone is fit for the job based on the colour of his skin.”

“The job ad might as well say: ‘If your surname is Tan, please don’t bother to apply.'”

“It’s the same thing.”

At press time, other Singaporeans said they are surprised such discrimination against Chinese has not been extended to the job ad for the next prime minister.

 

 

 

 

 

 





Complaints lodged against Elected President job ad saying only non-Chinese can apply

Complaints lodged against Elected President job ad saying only non-Chinese can apply

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Discrimination at its worst, Singaporeans complained.

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Thousands of complaints have been lodged with the Fair And Proper Practices In Negotiations Group (FAPPING) against a discriminatory job advertisement seeking to hire an Elected President.

The job ad called for interested parties to submit their CV and cover letter for the position, but not before adding: “Only non-Chinese need apply.”

This remark set off a firestorm of protests in Singapore, a country known for its multi-racial and multi-religious mix.

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who recognise discrimination when they see it, said such discriminatory measures taken to limit the advancement of any individual professionally should be frowned up and called out.

One local, Tng Lang, said: “In the 21st century, the last thing we need is to judge whether someone is fit for the job based on the colour of his skin.”

“The job ad might as well say: ‘If your surname is Tan, please don’t bother to apply.'”

“It’s the same thing.”

At press time, other Singaporeans said they are surprised such discrimination against Chinese has not been extended to the job ad for the next prime minister.

 

 

 

 

 

 





More confusion over role of Elected President?

More confusion over role of Elected President?

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Key considerations of public sector union leaders’ support for presidential candidate do not jive with clarifications put out by Law Minister.

It has been revealed that 75 percent of 61 NTUC-affiliated unions and associations have endorsed Tony Tan, while the remaining 25 percent have decided to remain neutral.

Among those remaining neutral are the aerospace and aviation cluster, as well as the public sector unions, such as HDB, IRAS and PUB that felt it was inappropriate for its employees to endorse anyone in particular.

However, NTUC chief Lim Swee Say outlined the union leaders’ three key considerations for supporting a candidate: A president that “could enhance Singapore’s global standing, set the right tone for the future economy” and “able to put workers’ interest first”.

These key considerations, however, appears to run counter to recent clarifications made by the Law Minister to put straight “some confusion over what the President can and cannot do”.

In the statement put out by the Law Minister in June this year, it stated in no uncertain terms that “National policies and running the Government are the responsibility of the Prime Minister and Cabinet” and this “is so for all policies, whether they concern security and defence, immigration and population, or housing and social safety nets”.

The ability for the president of Singapore to meet the key considerations of union leaders, is therefore, in doubt.

On top of that, the Law Minister’s clarification stated that the Elected President “can veto or block Government actions in specified areas, but he has no role to advance his own policy agenda”.

Strangely, the unions in the Labour movement who have backed Tony Tan “say they want a President who can boost Singapore’s international standing to attract foreign investment“.

It remains to be seen what the true presidential powers, or the lack of, can be after Aug.  27.

Read the original articles hereherehere and here.
Singapore doesn’t need an elected President

Singapore doesn’t need an elected President

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It’s telling how ill-conceived this office is when Presidential candidates are still debating about their job scope.

By Terence Lee

"Why am I here?" - the question that all Singapore presidents, past, present and future have been unable to answer. Photo: WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM / Creative Commons

I’m starting to think that the Presidential elections is stupid.

At best, it’s an entertaining diversion; at worst, it’s a waste of taxpayer’s money and time that can be better diverted to governing the country and keeping our vibrant economy humming along.

Something is very wrong when at this stage of the proceedings, what is dominating discussion is the scope of the President’s powers. Cue the recent Institute of Policy Studies forum where law minister K. Shanmugam and law academic Thio Li-ann discussed what the President can or cannot say in public.

Shanmugam seems to think the President is the public sock puppet of the government. Both the law minister and Thio Li-ann also have the gumption to blame citizens for being unclear about the president’s powers. Read the full story